A Long Weekend in Kuala Lumpur

This past week we had a long weekend here in Taipei and decided to head out of Taiwan for the break. We chose Kuala Lumpur because it was a relatively cheap flight and we figured it was somewhere we could do in a weekend. There are some cities that you can go to for a…

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Another Christmas Away

I’ve written before about being away from home at Christmas. In Turkey, Christmas time was the worst time of year, because I missed my family and I missed Christmas in general. There were no Christmas lights, or markets or reminders of the holiday season anywhere. Even at the school I worked in we couldn’t even…

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Two Months in Taiwan

It’s been two months since I arrived in Taipei, and I’m sitting here in a coffee shop drinking some of the best coffee I’ve had in years thinking about how glad I am that I made this move.

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Here’s to Another Year in Another Place

Here we are again, and it feels like only yesterday I was starting my job in Budapest, thinking how new everything felt and wondering how long it would take for Budapest to feel like home. Now I’m sitting in my new room in Taipei, wondering the same thing. How long will it take for this…

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Prague in the Spring

This year I had the chance to not only visit Prague, but to do so with my Mum. My mother’s family fled Czechoslovakia in 1968, after the Soviets moved in to crush the Prague Spring, and since then she hasn’t been back. It’s been 50 years and this spring she finally made it back home,…

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Valentine’s Day in Mostar

It was Valentines Day the day I went to Mostar, and it was likely the best Valentines Day I’ve had in years, despite the lack of flowers and chocolate. In Sarajevo it was snowing and cold that day, and for a moment I considered not going to Mostar, thinking that it might be miserable and…

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Among the Roses of Sarajevo

I really wasn’t sure what to expect of Bosnia, just that I know I’ve wanted to go to Sarajevo for years. I don’t know what initially peaked my interest in Sarajevo, whether it was a film or a news story or a novel, but for whatever reason, it’s been on the top of my list…

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A Day Trip to Bratislava

From Budapest, Bratislava is a short trip easily made in a day, which is what I did this Saturday. If you’re going by bus, it will take 2-3 hours to get there from Budapest, with the occasional stop at a petrol station along the way. We left around 9 am and arrived around 11:30 to…

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